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Cisco Acquires 'Self-Service' Hybrid Cloud Vendor newScale

Cisco Systems today said it has agreed to acquire newScale Inc., a supplier of software that provides self-service provisioning of cloud-based services.

The companies did not disclose terms of the deal. Founded in 1999, newScale provides self-service, self-catalog and lifecycle management software, particularly for IT pros deploying private and hybrid computing resources.

According to newScale, its service -- which it describes as a storefront or portal for both desktop and datacenter services -- has 2 million users. It provides a Web-based catalog of service options with dynamic self-service provisioning and lifecycle management for controlled access to resources, according to a company description.

"Cloud computing represents a major shift in the evolution of the Internet, and as more customers migrate from traditional IT infrastructures, the need for rapid self-provisioning and efficient management becomes increasingly critical," said Parvesh Sethi, senior vice president of Cisco Services, in a statement. 

"With the acquisition of newScale, Cisco will be able to accelerate the deployment of cloud services through a service catalog and self-service portal that allows customers to easily manage their IT infrastructures," Sethi said.

The acquisition of newScale fits in Cisco's plan to provide cloud management and automation solutions. According to a Cisco FAQ, the impact to existing customers will be minimal: "newScale's customers will continue to receive the same level of support, services and technology that they are accustomed to receiving."

About the Author

Jeffrey Schwartz is editor of Redmond magazine and also covers cloud computing for Virtualization Review's Cloud Report. In addition, he writes the Channeling the Cloud column for Redmond Channel Partner. Follow him on Twitter @JeffreySchwartz.

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